February 2017

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First Look: Liberty Commons from Big Rock and Oliver & Bonacini

Big Rock, Canada’s largest independent craft brewery has teamed up with Oliver & Bonacini, one of Toronto’s best-known restaurant groups to open Liberty Commons in the downtown Liberty Village neighbourhood.

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Undiscovered Eats: Move over Parkdale, Gerrard East is the new cool foodie ’hood

Much like Parkdale, Gerrard and Jones has a bit of an unsavoury history. Pre-reno, the Maple Leaf Tavern was the mother of all dive bars. Not exactly what one wants as the keystone to a neighbourhood. But its recent reno (which took a cool three years) has helped energize the area, transforming it from rough-around-the-edges to foodie magnet and helping to act as bait for those looking for a place to set up roots.

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Adam McDowell on life as a columnist, writer and drinks expert on CTV’s The Social

Adam McDowell’s first book, ‘Drinks: A User’s Guide,’ was released in 2016

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For his new restaurant on Ossington, Brandon Olsen has gone bananas

Brandon Olsen is a man obsessed with process. Prior to opening of his French restaurant on Ossington, La Banane, the chef spent hours in the kitchen breaking down every element of his menu in progress.

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First Look: Tabülè adds a location at Bayview Village to their growing family business

Their latest opened inside Bayview Village just a few weeks ago and is drawing on established Tabülè favourites with a few new twists.

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Restaurant Review: Chef Steve Gonzalez is back with his gigantic new King West eatery

Cherry-picking the menu works really well. Some of the fusion items, where East meets Latin, are really fun. Chef’s suite of ceviches are superbly entertaining: we’re captivated by the variegated flavours of tiraditos, raw tuna napped in passion fruit and lulo sauce, with black and white sesame seeds, chili-studded purée of butternut squash and baby greens.

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Post-ROM sips at Museum Tavern

Blink and you’ll miss Museum Tavern. Squirreled upstairs and across the street from the Royal Ontario Museum sits the suitably named brasserie. The charming space has been satiating museum goers since it opened back in 2012.

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First Look: Toronto gets an outpost of Montreal’s Mochica

Mochica, a Toronto outpost of one of Montreal’s Peruvian restaurants, now occupies the space at 614 College St. The address, near Bathurst, had been home to Pisco 1641.

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Uptown Dine Safe infractions from January

All information is from the DineSafe website, City of Toronto Public Health’s Food Premises Inspection and Disclosure System.

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Valentine’s Day calls for black-hearted waffles

At Light Cafe, located at 23 Baldwin St., the petite heart-shaped waffles are the hot ticket item to nosh on.

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